Geotechnic engineers at the ADP Corp. are developing a system to test geotecnical engineering designs before construction begins on a massive $1.6 billion hydroelectric dam project near the Colorado River.
Adonis Software, which is designing the project, said the test would include testing the geotechoic systems in water and ground, in addition to the design of the dam itself.
The test would be conducted with a hydroelectric system installed in a small reservoir that would provide the electricity.
If all goes well, Adonis software said it will start the system in 2017, then extend it to a larger reservoir.
In a statement, the company said it was looking forward to a safe and productive operation.
“The ADP team has a long history of providing geotechnology expertise to the U.S. Department of Energy, and the ADT-3 project represents an important step in our efforts to meet the requirements of the American people,” the statement said.
ADP is one of several companies working on the project.
Other companies are involved in several other projects that include building dams on the Columbia River, building hydroelectric dams in the Columbia Basin and in the Powder River Basin.
Some experts say the ADM project will provide a strong case for the need for a large dam on the Colorado, particularly because the river’s capacity is projected to be reduced by more than 50 percent by 2035.
Many geoteechical engineering students, however, say the project will be too costly and complex for students to learn, because it will require them to design geotechanical systems and a water treatment system that will be far beyond the scope of a typical undergraduate engineering course.
Others, however have said that the dam would be a huge asset for the state of Utah.
More than two dozen dams have been built in Utah, including one that was the subject of a recent PBS documentary, “Dangerous Waters,” about the impacts of climate change.